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7 Day Galapagos & Ecuador with 3 Day Cruise


Cruise Package Includes

  • Flights Miami-Guayaquil, Quito-Miami
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-flights Guayaquil-San Cristobal & Baltra-Quito
  • 6 nights accommodations
    • 1 night Hotel Oro Verde, Guayaquil
    • 3 nights Galapagos Cruise on Galapagos Explorer II, Classic Suite outside cabin with 2 lower berths
    • 2 nights Mercure Hotel Alameda, Quito
  • Cruise porterage
  • All transfers
  • 12 Meals: 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Beverages and gratuities onboard Galapagos Explorer II
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • Services of English-speaking naturalist guides in the Galapagos
  • Shore Excursions
  • Galapagos National Park Fee of $100
  • Galapagos Transit Control Card fee of $10

Special Features

  • Galapagos Islands
  • Historic Quito City Tour

DAY 1, Tuesday - Depart the USA/Guayaquil
Depart the USA for Ecuador. Arrive and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure
Overnight: Guayaquil

DAY 2, Wednesday - Fly to San Cristóbal Island
This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to San Cristóbal, the Galapagos' oldest and easternmost island. Upon arrival, proceed to board your ship, the Galapagos Explorer II. Settle in as you are whisked away to your first excursion. San Cristóbal is where Darwin first landed in 1835 during the Voyage of the Beagle and began his observation of the diverse and unique species of the islands. Visit La Galapaguera, a breeding ground and sanctuary for giant tortoises, or El Junco, the largest freshwater lake in the archipelago, located in a large crater in the highlands depending on local conditions
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3, Thursday - Sail to Española Island
This morning, sail to Gardner Bay (wet landing) on Española Island and view one of the most pristine beaches in all of the Galapagos, home to many sea lion colonies and endemic mocking birds. Although the water may be chilly, travelers are able to go swimming and snorkeling in the crystal clear waters to view the varied species beneath the surface. In the afternoon, visit Punta Suarez (dry landing), where you can view sea lions surfing the waves and marine iguanas basking in the sun. You may hike further inland and view the Blowhole, a fissure in the lava cliffs where sea water jets high into the air
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Friday - Sail to Santa Cruz Island
Today, arrive at Santa Cruz Island (dry landing). Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, a specialized breeding and rearing center for the endangered Galapagos Giant Tortoise. The Darwin Station is a working branch of the international, non-profit Charles Darwin Foundation which works to protect and maintain the Galapagos' precious ecosystems. Afterward, walk through Puerto Ayora, the largest town on the islands, and visit the local shops for unique souvenirs. This afternoon continue to Plazas Island, which was formed from lava leaking out of the ocean floor. It houses one of the largest Land Iguana populations in the Galapagos and is famous for its beautiful flora, which includes prickly pear cactus trees and Sesuvium ground vegetation, which changes color from green in the rainy season to orange and purple in the dry season
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Saturday - Sail to Baltra Island/Flight to Quito
Dock in Baltra Island and transfer to the airport, where a plane will take you to Quito on the mainland. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and enjoy the balance of your day at leisure. The Quito airport is approximately a 1-2 hour drive from the city
Overnight: Quito
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Sunday - Historic Quito City Tour
Depart from your hotel to begin your tour of historic Quito. Start by visiting the Plaza Grande, where a large monument dedicated to the independence fighters from 1809 resides. Admire the numerous historic buildings such as the Carondelet Palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Archbishop's Palace, and the Municipal Palace, all of which reside around the plaza. Continue on to visit the Metropolitan Cultural Center to gain a new appreciation for Ecuadorian culture and its rich history. Finally, visit the Compania of Jesus Church and the San Francisco Church, the former is one of UNESCO's 100 most important World Heritage Site Monuments in the world. Balance of the day at leisure
Overnight: Quito
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Monday - Depart for the USA
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

    Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

    Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

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    *Not Included:
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    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights Guayaquil-Galapagos-Quito.

    It is recommended that passengers select flights that depart no earlier than 8 am on Day 7.

    Passport numbers for all passengers must be submitted before documents can be issued.

    Gratuities for crew and naturalist guides on Galapagos Explorer II are included.

    Beverage package onboard Galapagos Explorer II includes selected wines, spirits, cocktails, beers, bottled water, juices and soft drinks at all bars and lounges.

    The route and program may vary according to weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety issues and wildlife migration patterns. Wildlife and visits listed in the itinerary are based upon optimal conditions and therefore subject to change.

    Dry landing: Passengers step from the dinghy onto rocks or a dock.

    Wet landing: As the dinghy edges onto a sandy beach, passengers step into knee-deep water and wade ashore.

    Sturdy shoes are recommended for this program.


    Entry Requirements:
    Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.




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